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Nature Loop Over San Andreas Fault
The hike starts next to a bathroom (running water) at the northeast corner of the large dirt parking lot that lies southeast of Point Reyes National Seashore's nice visitors center. This trail is entirely paved, and there are interpretive signs every few hundred yards. The live oaks, eucalyptus, bay laurel and sycamore trees frame a landscape that has retained its essential character for centuries.
There is an exhibit depicting a section of the fence that ran across the area in 1906 that shows how the earthquake moved the 2 sections apart by about 20'. The fence is obviously a recreation, but it shows how much danger lies under our feet. Continue on the path as it leaves the small creek near the fence and enters a more open area that has nice views of the trees. The trail soon ends, and hopefully you'll have time for a more adventurous hike after seeing this slice of history.
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